This is only a brief post to thank Timmy for the consistent hard work he has put in as one of our most accomplished Australian players.
My first memory of FIFA was the 2006 FIFA world cup in Germany. I did not follow football back then like I do now. You toe poked the ball past a couple of Japanese defenders into an empty net, then followed this up with a quick second. Given too much space outside the box, you lined up your shot and hit it home, bouncing in off the post. I was ecstatic. I didn’t understand the game much, but I knew what a goal was, and how crucial this win was for Australia.
My all time favorite goal, albeit against the country where my heritage lies, was in the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil. You were on the end of a cross from Jason Davidson, and smashed the ball home on the volley, on your weaker left foot. It was the goal of the tournament; although the award went to James Rodriguez. Completely robbed! His goal was ok… I guess. It was an unforgettable goal.
In more recent times, your epic half volley against Melbourne Victory in the derby was definitely up there in terms of audacious goals scored in the A-league. You really knew how to make sure you were never forgotten in every league you played in.
Myself, and the whole of Australia wish you well in your future endeavors. You will be sorely missed as regular in the Socceroos squad. I don’t think that you will, or ever can be replaced. #thanksTimmy